Order of the Funeral Mass

The following is the Order for Christian Funeral Mass so that you may plan your liturgy (Funeral Mass) and choose the scripture readings and songs.

Introductory Rites

(*Done only when the body is present for the Funeral Mass)

  • Greeting
  • Sprinkling with Holy Water
  • Placing of the Pall ( done by the family members or friends)
  • Placing of Christian symbols ( done by family members or friends)
  • Opening Song (choose from the song list)
  • Opening Prayer

Liturgy of the Word

  • First Reading (you may choose from Old Testament or New Testament if you only have one reading. During the Easter Season, you may have two New Testament readings.)
  • Psalm (sung by the Music Minister - you may choose from the psalm list)
  • Second Reading (optional to have a 2nd reading; from the New Testament - you may choose from the Scripture list)
  • Gospel (you may choose from the Scripture list, but will be read by the priest or deacon)
  • Homily
  • Intercessions

Liturgy of the Eucharist

  • Presentation Song ( choose from the song list)
  • Preparation of the Gifts (choose family members or friends to bring up the gifts)
  • Continuation of the Mass as usual
  • Communion Song (choose from the list provided)

As mentioned earlier, the appropriate place for family and friends sharing, or the offering of a eulogy or reflection, is at the Vigil. If it is determined that a speaker is to be included at the Funeral Mass this will take place following Communion. One person may speak who will limit the comments to three to four minutes. It is requested that the person write out their comments for review and so that it be appropriate for Mass.

Final Commendation

  • Invitation to Prayer
  • Silence
  • Song of Farewell
  • Prayer of Commendation
  • Song (choose a song from the list)
  • Procession to the Place of Committal (to the cemetery)

Scripture Selections

You may have one or two members of your family or friends do the readings. The readers must be Catholic and it is suggested that they be at least 13 years of age. The priest or deacon will read the Gospel.